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Old 06-10-06, 05:19 AM   #1
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At 68, I rode my age

Last Sunday was my 68th birthday, and I was able to ride 68 miles. I rode with the Bowling Green Bike Club, and the farmland we rode through was very beautiful. I was on my new Fuji Touring bike, and it performed beautifully. The Fuji Touring is a great road bike; the next day I expected I would be sore, but I wasn't. The whole trip, with stops, took me 6 hours, and I averaged a blazing 12.1 mph. The Bowling Green club turned out around 200 cyclists, who rode 8, 30 and 68 mile routes. The club did a great job providing maps, and particularly marking the pavement where turns were. I never saw so many fine high end bikes -- it looked like a new bike show, and all the riders were dressed like a million bucks, except me: I was wearing floppy shorts. One sad story I heard while there: one member bought a brand new Trek Madone (sp?) for $9,900. Last month, after his first glorious ride, he loaded his prize on his rooftop rack and drove home. Into the garage he goes, forgetting what was on the top of his car. The bike was destroyed, but they were able to save most of the components. He went right out and bought another frame. Some Trek dealer made out okay that month.
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Old 06-10-06, 06:07 AM   #2
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Alright 'trm' - Not bad for a fellow Ky'ian.
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Old 06-10-06, 06:16 AM   #3
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Last Sunday was my 68th birthday, and I was able to ride 68 miles. I rode with the Bowling Green Bike Club, and the farmland we rode through was very beautiful.
Happy Birthday and what a present to yourself. The gift of self confidence is valuable as we age. Congrats.
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Old 06-10-06, 08:06 AM   #4
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Great ride and report there Mr Kentucky!!! Although I really hate to hear about the crashed Madone......

I ride with a fellow around here named Gerald that is your age and is just an incredible rider. He is my hero.

Keep up the great work!!
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Very impressive! My rump can only stand 25 miles.
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Very impressive! My rump can only stand 25 miles.
Thats why most of us learn to ride out of the saddle. 68 miles at that age? you must be mad. Just hope I can ride that distance this year, let alone in 9 years time.

Ride your age is getting to be a real accomplishment as we mature a bit. Just try telling the people at the Bowls club that you are planning an imperial century and see what they say. Well done.
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Another elder hero! Nice job, hope your 69th brithday is as rewarding.
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Woohoo! Whoopie!! Yea!!!

Happy Birthday, you nailed it! Congrats on the ride, the bike, and the outfit. All is great. Bet the scenery was fantastic.
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Old 06-10-06, 10:08 AM   #9
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Last Sunday was my 68th birthday, and I was able to ride 68 miles.
Great job, let's keep going! Us over 60 guys can't slow down.
FWW,
I will be 65 this year. I just completed a 3000 mile tour at 120 miles/day. My physical condition AFTER that tour is so good that I am thinking to do another such tour in 2008. (time and money are a barrier to doing it next year)
Last night training, on a hydraulic trainer, was 100 RPM at 16.5 MPH for one hour. Every 15 minutes out of saddle for two minutes in big gears at 18 MPH. It felt great.
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